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Convert Time to Number in Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
April 15, 2024

Converting time to a number in Google Sheets can be done using formulas like '=HOUR(A2)+(MINUTE(A2)/60)+(SECOND(A2)/3600)' for decimal conversion or '=TIME(hour, minute, second)' for unified time format. This enables flexible data manipulation for calculations or formatting.

Understanding these methods enhances your ability to work efficiently with time data in Google Sheets.

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How to Convert Time to Number in Google Sheets

Converting time to a number in Google Sheets allows for more flexible data manipulation, such as calculations or formatting. This guide covers various methods to achieve this conversion, including converting time to decimal, using Google Sheets time formulas, and more. But did you know you can automate many of these tasks with Bardeen? Download Bardeen to streamline your Google Sheets processes.

Convert Time to Decimal Google Sheets

Converting time to decimal is a common requirement for time-related calculations. The process involves converting hours, minutes, and seconds into a decimal number representing the total hours.

To convert time to decimal:

  1. Identify the cell containing the time you want to convert. For example, if the time is in cell A2, you will work with this cell.
  2. Use the formula '=HOUR(A2)+(MINUTE(A2)/60)+(SECOND(A2)/3600)' in a new cell. This formula converts the time in A2 to decimal hours.
  3. Press Enter to apply the formula. The cell will now display the time from A2 as a decimal number.
  4. If you're doing this for the first time, Google Sheets may suggest autofilling other rows with similar data. Accept this suggestion to apply the conversion to other rows.

To adjust the number of decimal places, select the cells with your results and use the "Decrease decimal places" icon in the toolbar.

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Google Sheets Convert Time to Number

Another approach to convert time to a number involves using the TIME function for more complex time manipulations.

The TIME function syntax is '=TIME(hour, minute, second)', where each component is converted into a unified time format. This function is useful for creating time values from individual hour, minute, and second inputs.

For example, to combine separate hour, minute, and second values into a single time value:

  1. Identify cells with hour, minute, and second values.
  2. Enter '=TIME(A2, B2, C2)' in a new cell, where A2, B2, and C2 contain the hour, minute, and second values, respectively.
  3. Press Enter. The cell will display the combined time value.

This method is particularly useful for creating time values from numerical inputs.

Google Sheets Time Formula

For more advanced time manipulations, such as calculating the difference between two times or adding/subtracting time, Google Sheets offers a variety of time formulas.

Examples include:

  • Calculating time difference: '=B2-A2' where A2 is the start time and B2 is the end time.
  • Adding time: '=A2 + TIME(1, 30, 0)' to add 1 hour and 30 minutes to the time in A2.
  • Subtracting time: '=A2 - TIME(1, 30, 0)' to subtract 1 hour and 30 minutes from the time in A2.

These formulas can be customized to fit specific needs, such as adjusting for different time units or handling time durations exceeding 24 hours.

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Converting time to a number in Google Sheets can be achieved through various methods, depending on the specific requirements of your task. Whether you need to convert time to decimal, combine separate time components, or perform calculations with time values, Google Sheets provides the necessary functions and formulas to accomplish these tasks efficiently. Automate your Google Sheets workflows with Bardeen to save time and reduce manual errors.

Automate Google Sheets Tasks with Bardeen

While manually converting time to a number in Google Sheets is straightforward as outlined in the guide, automating this and related tasks can significantly enhance productivity and accuracy. With Bardeen, you can automate various Google Sheets operations, making the management of time data more efficient. Here are some examples of what can be achieved with Bardeen's playbooks:

  1. Get a daily summary of your emails and save to Google Sheets: This playbook automatically summarizes your daily emails and adds them to a Google Sheets document, ideal for tracking correspondence and managing time effectively.
  2. Copy a list of meetings during a timeframe to a Google Sheet: Perfect for organizing your schedule, this playbook copies all Google Calendar meetings within a selected timeframe into a Google Sheet.
  3. Send a Slack message counting the rows in a Google Sheet: This playbook automates the process of counting the rows in a Google Sheet and sends the total count as a Slack message, facilitating seamless team updates and data tracking.

Explore these automations to streamline your workflow and make the most of your time data in Google Sheets. Start by downloading the Bardeen app at

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